CAA data shows improved punctuality performance at the 10 major UK airports

Interesting data recently released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (known as CAA) demonstrates that from the months October to December 2011 the overall on-time performance (defined as the proportion of flights arriving or departing early or up to 15 mins late) of scheduled flights at the 10 UK airports monitored was 80%. This is a notable 12% higher than in the 4th quarter of 2010. The average delay across all scheduled flights monitored was 11 mins, which is a fall of 10 mins compared with to the same period in back in 2010. 

Within the 4th quarter of 2011, the punctuality of 319,000 scheduled and 13,000 charter passenger flights was measured at 10 airports. This represents a 3.2% increase in scheduled flights and a 6.9% decrease in charter flights, compared with the final quarter of 2010. Here below is a summary of the results in bullet form:
  • In the 4th quarter of 2011, 80% of scheduled flights were "on-time". This is up from 68% in the 4th quarter of 2010. 
  • The average delay also fell from 21 mins to just 11 mins. Here a notable punctuality improvement was seen at all 10 airports monitored . 
  • These results, together with other punctuality improvements in previous quarters, mean that over the whole of 2011, 80% of scheduled flights were on-time; up from 73% in 2010.

Iain Osborne, the CAA Group Director for Regulatory Policy, commented as follows...

“We welcome the marked improvements this year, which have a significant impact on the passenger experience of air travel. 2010 punctuality performance was poor, and although some of the improvement can be explained by the lack of significant weather-related disruption, airlines can also be congratulated for operational performance improvements which have also played a part. 2011 also saw the first increase in passenger numbers for four years. If this trend continues, airlines and airports will need to carefully balance growth with targeted investment if they are to secure continued improvements in passenger service.”
Scheduled Flights
On-time performance (defined as early to 15 mins late) for scheduled flights at London airports increased by 13% to 80% and the average delay fell by 10 mins to 11 mins, between the last quarter of 2010 and the same period of 2011. here below are some specific results...
  • The biggest increase in on-time performance was seen at Stansted that saw it increase by 16 percentage points to 85%. 
  • Gatwick and Luton had the biggest reductions in average delay (12 minutes). 
  • Heathrow’s on-time performance increased by 12 percentage points and its average delay fell by 9 mins. 
  • London City’s on-time performance rose by 7% and its average delay fell by 6 mins.
Overall, on-time performance for scheduled flights at regional airports improved by 9% and the average delay fell by 9 mins in the 4th quarter of 2011 compared with 2010 (same period). In terms of the average delay here are some more facts:
  • A fall of 7 mins at Manchester.
  • A fall of 8 mins at Edinburgh.
  • A fall of 9 mins at Glasgow.
  • A fall of 11 mins at Birmingham.
  • A fall of 13 mins at Newcastle.
Charter Flights
The proportion of on-time charter flights increased by 10% to 73%, in the 4th quarter of 2011 compared with the same period of 2010. The average delay across all charter flights monitored in the 4th quarter of 2011 was 21 mins, a considerable improvement from the average delay of 38 mins recorded in the 4th quarter of 2010. This improvement in charter punctuality performance was of similar magnitude at London and Regional airports.

Destinations with most passengers
Among the 75 scheduled international destinations with the most passengers in the last quarter of 2011, flights to and from Larnaca (Cyprus) recorded the worst on-time performance of 63% and the highest average delay of 21 mins.

Flights to and from Rotterdam achieved the best punctuality with and on-time performance of 92%, and flights to and from Berlin (Shonefeld) achieved the lowest average delay of 6 mins.

Original Source: AirTransport News